Moscow, Russia

Diplomacy in Practice: Problem-solving with Russian Students

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  • Dates: Jun 14 – Jul 4, 2020 (3 weeks)


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An inside look at high-level institutions and a rare opportunity to explore global relations with Russian peers.

Engage in Model UN–style debates and other interactive simulations. See the real deal at famous think tanks like the Carnegie Moscow Center, the Russian International Affairs Council, and the PIR Center for Nonproliferation Studies. Enjoy campus life at a prestigious boarding school; bond with Russian peers over board games, cooking classes and movie nights; and tour legendary architecture and landmarks like the Kremlin and Red Square.

Co-hosted by the prestigious Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) and CIEE, this new program provides unparalleled access to government institutions and experts in diplomacy and world affairs. Along with engaging classes, you’ll participate in skill-building workshops and site visits to the U.S. Embassy, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the UN Information Centre in Moscow. You’ll also volunteer at the American Center and Russkiy Mir Foundation to promote intercultural understanding during a critical time in history.

Your summer home will be a double or triple room at the Gorchakov Lyceum, MGIMO’s new preparatory high school, located on a suburban campus about 40 minutes from the center of Moscow. Modern amenities include a comprehensive sports facility, and a school cafeteria where you’ll eat breakfast and dinner. You’ll also have opportunities to check out the international food scene in Moscow with your group. Must-try street foods include ponchiki, (powdered-sugar doughnut balls served in a paper bag) and pirozhki (mini pies with savory or fruit fillings). It’s also easy to find gyros, falafel and other pita wraps for meals on the go.

After 3 weeks, you’ll come away with a better understanding of the complex field of diplomacy, a certificate from the prestigious MGIMO, and the essential tools and mindset to put active, responsible global citizenship into practice back in high school, in college and the world beyond.



    Learn about the complex field of international diplomacy from experts in the field


    Hone your leadership, negotiation, cross-cultural communication and public speaking skills


    A certificate from the Moscow Institute of International Relations (MGIMO)

Location & Culture

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For students interested in business, economics, politics or international relations, Moscow is a fascinating case study and a top-tier place to explore the complex world of diplomacy and intercultural communication. As the capital of Russia and the former Soviet Union, Moscow is one of the world’s major economic centers and a major political power on the world stage. Your days will be busy visiting embassies, think tanks, cultural centers and NGOs, all within the megacity limits. (With a population of around 13 million, Moscow is the largest city on the European continent. Istanbul is bigger, but it’s set on two continents!)

Moscow is also a major center of arts and culture, with the Bolshoi Theatre, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall and other famous performing arts centers. Museums focused on fine art and Tsarist and Soviet-era history abound, but the city is most renowned for its dazzling architecture and iconic sights like Red Square, the Kremlin, and Lenin’s tomb. St. Basil’s Cathedral, with its nine onion-shaped domes decorated in candy-colored swirls, is a thrill to behold!

With over 40% of its area made up of urban forest and formal parks, Moscow is one of the greenest capitals in the world. You’ll visit several parks (there are close to 100!) with your group to relax in the summer sun.

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 Daily Life

"After my trip with CIEE I have definitely grown in ways I never could if I had stayed in the US."

Learn more about daily life on a high school study abroad program by reading our blogs.

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Activities & Excursions

Sample Activities

  • See all the major sites and architectural masterpieces of Moscow on CIEE’s city bus tour.
  • Visit the world-famous Kremlin, centered in Cathedral Square – a complex of amazing medieval buildings dating from the early 14th century.
  • Walk through Victory Park and the Museum of the Great Patriotic War to view World War II from the Russian perspective.
  • Engage with interactive multimedia displays at the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center, considered the largest museum of its kind in the world.
  • Explore Gorky Park and other major green spaces with your group, and grab some Russian donuts, ice cream, or corn on the cob to eat on the grass.
  • Join Russian peers for cooking classes and other fun activities.



  • Travel to the ancient Golden Ring cities of Vladimir and Suzdal on an overnight, guided tour.

​​Please note this list of activities is based on past programs and subject to change at CIEE's discretion to both adapt to local circumstances and participant feedback. Our goal when revising itineraries is always to enhance your experience. Every activity is designed to provide you with a deep immersion in your topic, local culture and sights. Get ready for maximum fun!

Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees


  • Program open to all current high school students: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors. 
  • For scholarship eligibility requirements, please check our Scholarship page.



Program scholarships and tuition include iNext Travel Insurance, but do not cover the cost of flights. More details about tuition inclusions can be found here.


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Summer Session I 2020 3 weeks Rolling Admissions Jun 14, 2020 Jul 4, 2020


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